Summary Chart Issued on
The Commission issued its first summary chart in April 2008 on whether 16 of the City’s largest
advertising agencies had met their 2007 hiring goals. The numbers revealed that most of the agencies that
signed the groundbreaking agreements negotiated in September 2006, either met or exceeded their own
goals. The historic agreements called for establishing minority recruitment goals for 3 years in the creative
and managerial positions and reporting the results annually to the Commission. Under the terms of the
agreements, the agencies that did not meet their diversity hiring goals employed outside assistance to help
them achieve their mark. The Commission will continue to monitor the agencies’ progress through 2009 as
part of the 3-year agreements the Commission negotiated.
The agencies are: Arnold Worldwide; Avrett, Free & Ginsberg; BBDO; DDB; Draft New York; Euro
RSCG Worldwide; FCB New York; Gotham, Inc.; Grey Direct; Grey Interactive; Kaplan Thaler Group, LTD.;
Merkley + Partners; Ogilvy & Mather; PHD USA; Saatchi & Saatchi; and Young & Rubicam. Draft Inc. and FCB
Worldwide have merged into one agency, Draft FCB.
As the only City agency to be a HUD-certified housing counseling agency, the Commission’s 5
counselors provided direct mortgage counseling to over 300 clients. Counselors are available in each of the
Commission’s five borough offices, and it has been providing these services for over 20 years due to the fair
housing, predatory lending and neighborhood stabilization issues that arise when homes are lost through
foreclosure. The recent sub prime and related mortgage financing collapse has resulted in a substantial
increase in requests for counseling services.
Employment Discrimination Testing
Under the Commission’s testing program in employment for race and gender discrimination, matched
groups of testers (Whites, African-Americans, and Latinos), who apply for the same jobs with similar
résumés, conducted over 200 tests during 2008. Approximately 10% of those tests were referred to the
Commission’s Law Enforcement Bureau for investigation into possible discriminatory hiring practices by
The program is based upon a recent study conducted by Princeton University in conjunction with
the Commission, which measured the role that race plays in obtaining entry-level employment in the city.
The study revealed that a Caucasian high school graduate was twice as likely to obtain a position as a
similarly situated African-American applicant. Unlike the study, where no formal complaints were filed, the
Commission will file charges against any employer found to be discriminating.
Immigration-Related Employment Discrimination
The Commission developed a two-part adult legal literacy curriculum for ESOL classes (English for
Speakers of Other Languages) entitled The Right To Work: Understanding Immigrant Employment Rights.
The two 3-hour lessons are being delivered in ESOL classes at public libraries, community colleges, and workforce development agencies reaching individuals likely to experience employment discrimination due
to their national origin or citizenship status, while advancing their language proficiency essential for job
acquisition, retention and advancement.
Civil Rights Public Lecture Series
In April 2008, the Commission led a discussion at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
in Harlem on the ways in which ethnic diversity affects our communities. The event - entitled “E Pluribus
Unum: Reconciling Diversity and Community in the 21st Century” - was the Commission’s third in a series of
Civil Rights Public Lectures, which featured Dr. Robert D. Putnam, best-selling author of Bowling Alone. Dr.
Putnam’s remarks focused on social capital and how changing populations and ethnic diversity continually
shape and reshape trust, identities, social ties and civic engagement.
Bilingual Agency Brochures, Newsletters, and Postcards
Produced and Distributed
As part of its aggressive educational efforts, the Commission produced two new bilingual info cards in
several languages: Employment Discrimination, and Housing Discrimination, publicizing the new amendment
to the Human Rights Law that adds “any lawful source of income” in housing as a protected class. The
Commission also produced: The Right to Work: Understanding Immigrant Employment Rights -- a workbook
for ESOL classes; Sexual Harassment in the Workplace -- brochures in English and Spanish; and a newsletter
specifically geared for immigrants and distributed at swearing-in ceremonies of new citizens. These and tens
of thousands of the Commission’s various multi-lingual publications have been widely distributed at meetings,
fairs, events, schools, government offices, and businesses.